Heart and Seoul 2014 – Gyeongbokgung Palace and National Folk Museum of Korea v.2

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This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014.

This will just be a photo-heavy post because I have written about Gyeongbokgung or Gyeongbok Palace in a previous post. For me, nothing much has changed since I visited in 2012 except that the free hanbok booth is now located near the Gwanghwamun Gate just opposite the ticket counter. Same as in 2012, we witnessed the changing of the guards, we wore hanboks, and explored the palace. We also dropped by the National Folk Museum of Korea which is connected to the palace grounds.

Since the palace was just a walking distance from 126 Mansion and we were not expecting to ride any public transpo afterwards, we brought our baby in his pram and we had no issues about it being just an excess baggage. Otherwise, we would have carried him in his i-Angel Hipseat Carrier (which we absolutely love but can’t use now because my baby doesn’t want to be in a carrier anymore). For those asking, we got his i-Angel carrier  from G-Market, had it shipped to 126 Mansion, and we picked it up when we got there. We’re thankful that Su and Hyunchung graciously offered to receive and safekeep our package.

Anyhow, the pics…

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A group of students walking along Samcheongro-gil towards Gyeongbokgung

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We stopped to buy some waffles from a food truck parked near the gate of the National Folk Museum. The waffle’s crispy on the outside but overall, it tastes like a soft ice cream waffle cone 🙂 Yummy!

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Gwanghwamun Gate

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Photo taken by my friend and travel companion, Romy Bautista

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Photo taken by my friend and travel companion, Romy Bautista

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Changing of the guards ceremony

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One of the guards during the changing of the guards ceremony

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There’s a shop inside the palace where you can get some light meals and also buy some gift items or souvenirs. We ordered shikhye which is a traditional sweet Korean rice beverage. So refreshing!

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Girls dressed in hanbok

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More ladies in hanbok. We found them at the National Folk Museum of Korea. The entrance to the folk museum is along Samcheongro-gil.

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We did not spend much time at the folk museum because we needed to go back to the guesthouse. Mommy duties ya know 🙂 My friends though went around and had a photo taken with the hanbok ladies.

And that pretty much wraps up my post.

Here’s the schedule of the changing of the guards ceremony as lifted from the Visit Korea website:

  • January 1-December 31 (Closed on Tuesdays)
  • Sumunjang(Royal Guard) Changing Ceremony
    10:00, 13:00, 15:00 / three times a day / 20 minutes per ceremony
  • Gwanghwamun Gate Guard-on-Duty Performance
    11:00, 14:00, 16:00 / three times a day / 10 minutes per ceremony

Admission fee is 3,000KRW for the palace and it includes entrance to the museum. Here’s how to reach the palace:

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), take Exit 5, OR
  • Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), take Exit 2.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. If you have comments or questions, hit the comment button below.

Til next post, Annyeong!

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